The Gila County school superintendent's office has been awarded a state adult education grant.
Gila County Superintendent of Schools Linda O'Dell says her office has been awarded grant funds by the Arizona Department of Education to administer the Gila County Adult Education Program.
The previous provider, the Gila Literacy Program of Globe, approached O'Dell about taking on the Adult Education Program in light of increased federal policies and regulations that their volunteer organization could not fulfill.
In becoming the state-certified adult education provider for Gila County, O'Dell's office is expanding services to Payson as well as continuing to provide them in the Globe and San Carlos areas.
O'Dell said that she is excited about collaborating with other literacy providers and agencies engaged in supporting educational advancement for adults.
"The addition of the Adult Education program is a natural fit with other educational services offered by my office, including OED testing, and offers an additional option to meet student needs and time constraints," she noted.
Classes available through the Gila County Adult Education Program include Adult Basic Education, Adult Secondary Education and GED preparation.
One-on-one and small group instruction is offered in all subject areas using text-based materials, computer-assisted applications and distance learning opportunities.
Classes are provided free of charge to students over the age of 16 who are not currently enrolled in high school.
Adult Education classes are scheduled for Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the County School Superintendent's Office, 1100 N. Beeline Highway, Suite C.
Classes are available now through Dec. 20 and will resume again on Tuesday, Jan. 8.
For further information, please contact Leslie Owen, Gila County Adult Education Program Director, at the County School Superintendent's Payson office, (928) 472-5374.